KAWX News Archives for 2020-02

Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Radio Address: Every Vote is Important

Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Address
Every Vote is Important
 
 
LITTLE ROCK – March 3 is Primary Election Day in Arkansas, and today, to emphasize the importance of voting, I’m going to share the story of a recent election in Arkansas that demonstrates that every vote is important.
 
In January in Pulaski County, they had a special election to fill the seat of State Representative John Walker, who died in October. None of the four candidates won a majority, which required the two top candidates to compete in a run-off.
 
When all of the run-off votes were in, the candidates were in an even tie. Over the next ten days, elections officials examined the results and found one more vote to count. It was an absentee ballot that a District 34 voter had mailed from Sweden.
 
That single vote gave the victory to Democrat Joy Springer, who will face Republican Roderick Tally on Tuesday. Both of those candidates probably have been sharing that story as they encourage their supporters to vote on Tuesday.
 
I have campaigned for public office many times over the course of the last forty years. And when I was watching the returns come in on election night, believe me, I fully understood that every vote really did matter. 
 
The ballot box is an equalizer that gives every voter a voice in the governance of our cities, counties, states, and the nation. Often we have a chance to vote on laws that our fellow citizens have put on the ballot, such as the 2016 referendum that passed and legalized medical marijuana in Arkansas.
Legislators occasionally decide to put an issue directly to the people as they did last year. Legislators voted to allow Arkansans the chance to approve the extension of an existing half-cent sales tax that goes directly to the upkeep of our highways.
 
We will have at least a couple of opportunities this year to participate in our democracy in a tangible way. March 3 is Arkansas’s primary. Democrats and Republicans will vote on their presidential candidate, and voters in District 34 will choose their representative for the state legislature. On November 3, we will decide who will be our president for the next four years.  In addition, there are judicial races in many counties. 
 
I know that sometimes the lines are long and voting takes time, but you may be that one vote that puts your candidate into office. Millions of Americans have written the history of our nation by participating in our elections. A trip to the voting booth links us to the past as we determine our future. Please take the time to vote. The vote that makes the difference may be yours.
 

2-28-20 5:15 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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State Representative John Maddox's Weekly Column

By law, Fiscal Sessions can only last 30 days (45 days with a ¾ vote to extend), so members work weeks in advance drafting appropriation measures in order to ensure our sessions are brief.

That preparation begins in budget hearings. Beginning Wednesday, March 4, 2020, the Joint Budget Committee will hold a series of meetings designed to begin the process of outlining a budget for the next fiscal year. The Fiscal Session begins Wednesday, April 8, 2020, at 12:00 noon.

Budget hearings will begin with the Department of Finance and Administration presenting its annual forecast and recommendations for a balanced budget by the Governor.

Over the course of the next several days, the committee will hear budget requests for Higher Education Institutions, Department of Education, the Department of Human Services, Department of Health, Department of Corrections and the Department of Public Safety, commonly referred to as the “Big 6”.

In the following weeks, members will review budgets for all state boards, commissions, and agencies.

Seven months into this fiscal year, general revenue is now $149.7 million or 4.4% above this time last year. The most recent general revenue report showed net available revenue is above forecast by $94.2 million or 2.7 percent. This report and revenue forecast from economists will help us guide our decision making process in the months ahead.

Although legislation during the Regular Sessions typically attracts more attention, it is important to remember the impact our budget making process has on our day to day lives.

The decisions we will be making show the priorities we make as a state. Appropriations fund everything from classrooms to health care.

Members can begin filing appropriation bills and identical resolutions on Monday, March 9, 2020. As a reminder, the legislature cannot take up any non-appropriation bills during the Fiscal Session unless 2/3 of the body votes in favor of a resolution.

You can watch the meetings live at www.arkansashouse.org

 

2-28-20 5:06 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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US Senator John Boozman's Weekly Column

 

Celebrating 100 Years of DAV Advocacy

 

Disabled American Veterans (DAV), a veteran service organization dedicated to ensuring our country keeps the promise we made to the men and women who have served in uniform, is celebrating 100 years of advocacy.

 

Throughout its history, DAV has been influential in identifying ways to best support our veterans; from pushing for consolidation of veterans programs in its early years, to direct outreach to veterans in communities with the launch of the Field Service Unit program to pressing for more funding for VA health care and benefits. There has been much progress to advance veterans services thanks to DAV’s efforts. The organization’s members and partners have a lot to be proud of.

 

DAV members and Auxiliary members have been leading advocates for injured and ill veterans and their families, making a difference for countless wounded warriors. Their advocacy has helped and continues to build a better life for disabled veterans.

 

Members of the DAV Department of Arkansas recently visited our nation’s capital to share the organization’s legislative goals for 2020. They were among hundreds of DAV members from across the country who met with members of Congress to make DAV’s priorities known. 

 

Among those is strengthening veterans mental health care and suicide prevention programs. In January, the Senate Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Committee advanced the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act. This comprehensive legislation will strengthen our ability to provide veterans with the mental health care they need and includes language I introduced with Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) to leverage the services of veteran-serving non-profits and other community networks in our overall strategy to reduce veteran suicides. The input of Arkansas DAV members was instrumental in creating our provision.

 

DAV’s attention extends to every corner of the country. It’s National Service Program helps direct services to veterans, no matter where they live.

 

I applaud the efforts of the more than 11,000 DAV members in Arkansas whose outreach helps veterans understand and access their benefits. They spend countless hours advising fellow veterans about the assistance they qualify for and helping fill out the paperwork to secure those benefits through the VA.

 

One of the well-known services provided by DAV is the transportation of veterans to VA medical centers and hospitals. In rural states like Arkansas, the services these volunteers offer is critical to meeting the health care needs of veterans.

 

The Arkansas fleet is made up of 16 vans. Last year, more than 6,600 veterans were driven to medical appointments with the help of volunteers who logged more than 18,000 hours behind the wheel.

 

I look forward to continuing to work with DAV members as Congress crafts and reforms policies to improve services for veterans and their families. I’m proud to recognize DAV on 100 years of engaging veterans and advocating to advance benefits, services and care, and making a positive difference in the lives of veterans and their families.

 

2-28-20 4:50 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

 

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Senator Larry Teague's Weekly Column

 

State Capitol Week in Review

From Senator Larry Teague

 

 

February 28, 2020

LITTLE ROCK – An Arkansas success story that is attracting national attention is the expansion of computer science classes in public schools over the past five years.

 

In the 2015 session, a bipartisan group of legislators approved Act 187, the governor’s proposal to make computer science courses available in every Arkansas high school. Since then, enrollment has jumped from about 1,000 students in computer courses in 2015-2015, to almost 10,000 students this school year. More than 1,000 students took multiple computer science courses.

 

The number of female students has risen 1,179 %, from 223 to 2,852. This is significant because it demonstrates our commitment to breaking obsolete stereotypes about gender roles.

 

Advanced placement tests are one area in which the commitment to improving computer science is evident. In the 2017-2018 school year, 31 students scored a 5, which is the top level. A year later Arkansas students showed a 29 % increase, with 40 students scoring a five.

 

Over the same period, Arkansas had a 30 % increase in students scoring a 4 on computer science advanced placement classes, from 46 to 60.

According to a state Education Department report, there are 500,000 computer jobs available nationwide, but only 64,000 college graduates to fill those jobs. The situation in Arkansas is similar. In 2015 there were 1,750 available computer jobs, with an average salary of $68,900 a year, and only 250 computer science graduates to fill them.

 

Within the field of computer science, an especially fast growing area is cybersecurity. Median hourly wages for occupations in computer fields is about $38 an hour, while within the specific field of cybersecurity it is almost $46 an hour.

 

Public colleges and universities in Arkansas are adding 22 cybersecurity programs to their curricula.

 

Developing robots and applications for mobile telephones are other career paths for graduates of computer sciences.

 

Grants are available for teachers to add computer science to their certification, and last year more than 5,200 teachers, counselors and principals received some level of computer science training.

 

More than 225 teachers are certified in computer science, up from about 20 in 2014.

 

The increase in certified teachers means that the vast majority of students in computer science classes are in a classroom and have face-to-face time with teachers, rather than in virtual classes. According to the Education Department report, “that’s great news, because even tech-savvy students need accessible, invested teachers.”

 

Testing for Lead in Drinking Water

The federal Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the Education Department $450,000 to test for lead in the drinking water of schools and pre-schools.

 

Public health experts say that children are more vulnerable to the negative health effects of lead in water, such as behavioral problems and slowness in learning. The EPA says that there is no acceptable level for lead in water.

 

Lead can get into drinking water from corroded links and faucets, and from the solder used to connect segments of pipe.

 

Municipal drinking water is tested for lead, but Arkansas has not specifically tested schools for lead in years. In 1986 Congress prohibited lead in new pipes and fixtures that are used for human consumption.

 

2-28-20 4:45 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Polk County Circuit Court Arraignments February 25th, 26th

 
All criminal information is merely an accusation and the Defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. Prosecuting Attorney Andy Riner, within and for the 18th-West Judicial District of the State of Arkansas, of which Polk County is a part, in the name and by the authority of the State of Arkansas, on oath, do hereby accuse the defendants of committing in Polk County, Arkansas the following crimes: 
 
State of Arkansas Vs. Timothy Robertson, White Male, age 33, Count I: Second Degree Escape, a Class "B" Felony.
 
State of Arkansas Vs. Gerald D. Aleshire, White Male, age 23, Count I: Delivery Of Methamphetamine Or Cocaine, a Class "C" Felony. Count II: Delivery Of Methamphetamine Or Cocaine, a Class "C" Felony.
 
2-27-20 11:29 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Weekly Arkansas Fishing Report

 

This is the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s weekly fishing report for Feb. 26, 2020. If there is a body of water you would like included in this report, please email jim.harris@agfc.ar.gov with information on possible sources for reports about that lake or river. Reports are updated weekly, although some reports might be published for two weeks if updates are not received promptly or if reporters say conditions haven’t changed. Contact the reporter listed for the lake or stream you plan to fish for current news. Note: msl = mean sea level; cfs = cubic feet per second.

 

Click on the area of the state below where you are interested in current fishing information from.

 

Central Arkansas

 

North Arkansas

 

Northwest Arkansas

 

Northeast Arkansas

 

Southeast Arkansas

 

Southwest Arkansas

 

South-Central Arkansas

 

West-Central Arkansas

 

East Arkansas

 

Arkansas River and White River levels are available at: https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=lzk

 

For real-time information on stream flow in Arkansas from the U.S. Geological Survey, visit: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ar/nwis/rt

 

For water-quality statistics (including temperature) in many Arkansas streams and lakes, visit: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ar/nwis/current/?type=quality.

 

2-26-20 2:44 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Polk County Quorum Court February Meeting Recap

The Polk County Quorum Court met Tuesday, February 25th for their regular monthly session. Ten of the eleven Justices of the Peace were on hand, as well as other elected officials and guests.

 
The Court took care of routine matters, and passed an ordinance that was discussed last month establishing pay amounts for election officials.
 
New business included the passing of an ordinance to make Line Item Transfers, and an  ordinance authorizing a county employee to do contract work for the county.
 
County Judge Brandon Ellison asked for the Court to approve a resolution that would allow him to apply for a grant from the Arkansas Unpaved Road Program in the amount of $29,105.00. The matching grant would be used to improve a low water crossing on Polk County 617 and upgrade drainage on on Polk County Road 61. The resolution was approved unanimously.
 
The Court was also asked to consider the re-appointment of Morris Boydstun to the Polk County Housing Authority. Boydstun's re-appointment was approved unanimously. 
 
The next Quorum Court meeting will be March 24th at 6:00 p.m. in the Quorum Court Meeting Room at the Polk County Office Complex Building (old hospital) on Pine Street in Mena. Quorum Court meetings are open to the public. 
 
2-26-20 1:39 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Indian Taco Dinner, Silent Auction To Benefit Polk County 4-H Programs

There will be a benefit Indian Taco Dinner and silent Auction March 7th at the Hatfield Gym/Auditorium.

 
The Silent Auction will start at 4:00 pm and the Live Auction at 6:00 pm.
 
Indian Tacos will be served from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm.
 
All proceeds will be used to support Polk County 4-H.
 
For more information, dial (479) 394-6018.
2-26-20 10:35 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Mena FFA Students Take Top Honors At Competition

 

The Mena FFA participated in the Ouachita Sub-Area Leadership Events on Monday.

 

The Parliamentary Procedure Team placed first. Team members are Cooper Anderle, Madison Blair, Brendon Catlett, Ivy Curtis, Lexi Dilbeck, Bethany Godwin & Navya Morris.

 

 

The Jr. Parliamentary Team place second. Team members are Cierra Dulaney, Aaron Ferguson, William Hendrix, Aslynn Jackson, Ranessa Ricker, Layla Spenser & Mckenzie Vincent. 

 

 

 Breezy Hendrix finished 2nd in prepared speaking & Brandon Catlett was 1st in the Farm Bureau Discussion Meet.

 

 

All of these teams and Individuals have qualified and will represent Mena High School in the District and State Leadership Development Events held at the Hot Springs Convention Center during the State FFA Convention in April.

 

2-25-20 12:09 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Polk County Quorum Court Meets Tuesday, February 25th

The Polk County Quorum Court will meet Tuesday, February 25th for their regular monthly session. The meeting will be at 6:00 p.m. in the Courtroom at the Polk County Courthouse on Church Street in Mena.

 
The Quorum Court normally meets in the Quorum Court Meeting Room at the Polk County Office Complex, but that area is being used for Early Voting for the March 3rd Primary Election.
 
On the February agenda, in addition to routine business, will be the consideration of an ordinance establishing pay for Polk County Election officials, an ordinance to authorize line item transfers, an ordinance authorizing the County to do business with a county employee (Christina Burford), an ordinance authorizing the Polk County Judge to apply for a grant from the Arkansas Unpaved Road Program, and the consideration of the re-appointment of Morris Boydstun to the Polk County Housing Authority Board.
 
Quorum Court meetings are open to the public and there is an opportunity for comments from the public as well as copies of the agenda for those interested.
 
2-24-20 3:25 p.m. KAWX.ORG 
 

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Polk County Sheriff's Report for February 17th - 23rd

SHERIFF’S LOG

 

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of February 17, 2020 – February 23, 2020. The charges against those arrested are allegations and the cases are still pending in the courts. Individuals charged and whose names appear in this column may submit documentation to us at a later date that the charges have been dismissed or that they have been found innocent and we will include that information in this space in a timely manner.

 

February 17, 2020

Report from complainant on Hwy 71S near Mena of a missing family member. Family member was later located.

Report from complainant on Polk 301 near Cherry Hill of a domestic disturbance. Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.

 

February 18, 2020

No reports were filed.

 

February 19, 2020

Report of an 18-wheeler off the road on Polk 62 near Board Camp. Deputies responded.

Report of inappropriate behavior led to two Juvenile females being issued Juvenile Citations for Terroristic Threatening.

Arrested was Dallas C. Pettigrew, 26, of Horatio on Charges of Residential Burglary, Theft of Property, and Criminal Mischief 1st Degree.

 

February 20, 2020

Report from complainant on Rodgers Drive near Cove of being harassed by an unknown individual.

Arrested was James L. Smith, 51, of Cove on two Warrants for Failure to Comply with a Court Order.

Arrested was Joseph C. Hale, 20, of Oden on a Body Attachment Warrant.

 

February 21, 2020

Arrested was Aaron J. Miller, 27, of Mena on a Warrant for Domestic Battery 3rd Degree.

 

February 22, 2020

Report from complainant on Polk 16 near Vandervoort of an unauthorized person on their property. Deputies responded.

Arrested was Jeremy M. Youngdahl, 43, of Cove on a Body Attachment Warrant.

Arrested was Gerald E. Watkins, 42, of Wickes on a Body Attachment Warrant.

 

February 23, 2020

Report from complainant on Rex Lane near Potter of damage done to a mailbox valued at $200.00.

Investigation continues.

Report from complainant on Polk 35 near Hatfield of a domestic disturbance. Deputy responded.

Report of an accidental shooting involving two Juvenile males. Investigation continues.

Arrested was Melissa L. Stanley, 40, of Hatfield on a Body Attachment Warrant.

 

Polk County Sheriff’s Office worked two vehicle accidents this week.

 

Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 24 Incarcerated Inmates, with 14 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility.

 

PC20-00108

 

2-24-20 2:41 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Mena Police Report for February 16th - 22nd

 

Mena Police Department Reports for the Week of February 16, 2020 through February 22, 2020 

 

 

February 16, 2020

 

Shawn Fender, 49, was arrested on a warrant during a traffic stop.

 

February 17, 2020

 

Matthew Hackworth, 35, was arrested on a warrant behind a motel.

 

Jeffrey Dollarhyde, 32, was arrested on a warrant at a convenience store.

 

February 18, 2020

 

Garrett Puerto, 24, was arrested for Domestic Battery 3rd Degree after officers responded to a disturbance call at a residence.

 

February 19, 2020

 

A complaint of unauthorized use of a fuel card was taken. The case is under investigation.

 

February 20, 2020

 

No reports.

 

February 21, 2020

 

Billy Fletcher, 33, was arrested for Public Intoxication and Disorderly Conduct after a suspicious person call at a laundry mat.

 

February 22, 2020

 

A complaint of harassment was taken at a drive-in.

 

Jarrod Hudson, 33, was arrested for DWI after a traffic stop.

 

2-24-20 11:30 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

Polk County Detention Center Inmates 

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Fourteen Complete Firefighter Course In Polk County

 
Fourteen people completed Personal Protective Equipment training February 17th and 18th in Mena, the second of three three courses required to become firefighters. The other courses are Introduction To Fire Protection and Wildland Fires. For more information about these courses or about becoming a firefighter for one of our excellent volunteer fire departments, contact James Hale at the Polk county Office of Emergency Management by dialing (479) 394-8141.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2-22-20 9:49 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Radio Address: New Policies, Positive Outcomes

Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Radio Address: New Policies, Positive Outcomes
 
 
LITTLE ROCK – In the past two years, the number of youths in state custody has declined by nearly thirty percent, and today I’d like to discuss some of the changes we have made to achieve that.
 
During my first campaign for governor in 2014, I became concerned about the quality of care at our state’s juvenile detention centers and pledged to improve the work that we were doing.
 
Before I took office, I made a surprise visit to the juvenile assessment and treatment center at Alexander so that I could see conditions for myself. I also wanted to assure Arkansans that this issue would be a priority for my administration.
 
Our goal was to cut the number of youth sent to the Division of Youth Services, and to improve the care and treatment of those who are sent.
 
We have updated our policies and regulations since 2017, and the latest numbers affirm they have been effective.
 
As of February 13, there were 235 youths in our five residential treatment centers, 92 fewer than July 2017.
 
The Division of Youth Services reported that last week there were only six youths in juvenile centers operated by counties, which is an 87 percent decrease compared to the 47 in July 2017.
 
I directed the Division of Youth Services to take over the day-to-day operations of seven of our eight residential treatment centers. We established goals that included faster assessment and placement of youth under state supervision.
 
We began to develop personalized treatment plans that addressed the needs of each juvenile. We also began to engage family members and other care providers to ease a youth’s return to the community.
 
In November 2018, we announced that we were closing the youth treatment centers at Colt and Dermott. We now operate only five.
 
Judges are a vital part of our approach because they can help steer youths to the appropriate services that would be more beneficial than spending time in a detention center.
 
Last year, the General Assembly – to their credit – passed Act 189, which requires the use of a validated risk assessment tool. This tool helps determine the youth’s level of risk for reoffending and to divert youth to group homes or community-based services instead of sending them to a detention center.
 
Now we are focusing on ways to improve our community-based services.
 
Our ultimate goal in improving services for youth is to improve their chances of success when they leave the system. I applaud the leaders in the Department of Human Services and the Division of Youth Services for their commitment to our young people.
 
2-21-20 7:13 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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State Representative John Maddox's Weekly Column

Early voting for the Arkansas Preferential Primary and Nonpartisan General Election began this week. It will continue up until the date of the election, Tuesday, March 3.

 

Although many of the headlines focus on the Presidential race, it’s important to remember the other significant elections on your March ballot including legislators and judges. 

 

Non-partisan elections for judicial candidates and prosecutors are held at the same time as Democratic and Republican primaries.

 

If no candidate wins a majority in the non-partisan races, the two candidates with the most votes participate in a runoff. If a runoff is required, it takes place on the same day as the general election for partisan races, and runoff candidates appear on the general election ballot.

 

Arkansas is one of thirteen states that choose their state supreme court justices in entirely nonpartisan elections and one of eighteen states that select judges through nonpartisan elections at all trial court levels.

 

The polls are open between the hours of 8:00 am and 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday, and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday. Early voting ends at 5:00 pm on the Monday before the election. The polls on Election Day will be open from 7:30 am until 7:30 pm. Once at the polls, you will be asked to show a photo ID issued by either the United States, the State of Arkansas, or an accredited postsecondary educational institution in the State of Arkansas.

 

In most counties, early voting is conducted at the county clerk’s office. In counties with off-site early voting (a location other than the county clerk’s office), local newspapers will publish the designated sites. You can also find your polling location and a sample ballot at www.voterview.org.

 

Remember, every vote counts!

 

2-21-20 4:28 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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US Senator John Boozman's Weekly Column: Tax Time Tips

 

 

Tax Time Tips

 

 

It’s common for many hardworking Americans to start thinking about tax filing season when the New Year begins. Many Arkansans who want to get a head start on this annual process are looking for tax forms and resources to make this task easier. My office regularly hears from Natural State residents in early January who are looking for tax information. Now that we are nearing the end of February, the race to file taxes is in full swing, and taxpayers are trying to find the best method and least expensive way to file quickly and correctly. The good news is the IRS has resources available to make tax preparation simple.

 

Filing electronically is the safest, fastest and most accurate way to file taxes. In 2003 the IRS partnered with a group of private tax software companies to launch the Free File Program. The goal of the program is to make it both easy for hardworking Americans to file their federal taxes and cost-effective. Since its launch, more than 56 million returns have been filed. Taxpayers who earned less than $69,000 in 2019 are eligible to use the “Free File” software that’s available at www.IRS.gov. There are also electronic forms and resources for taxpayers whose income is over the limit. 

 

While electronic filing continues to increase, filing on paper is still an option. Taxpayers who plan on using this method and can’t find the appropriate forms can get them by calling the IRS publications hotline at 800-829-3676. 

 

To ensure taxes are prepared accurately, many people turn to experts for help. We are fortunate to have many tax assistance programs across the state that are ready to help with IRS-certified volunteers. It is easy to search by zip code on the IRS website at irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep, or contact any of my offices throughout Arkansas. My staff will be happy to connect you with local agencies that are providing tax assistance. 

 

I’ve visited several of these great volunteer programs over the years and am grateful for the tremendous service they provide through the federally-funded Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE). VITA offers free tax help to people who earn $56,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. TCE offers free tax assistance for those who are 60 and older, and can be especially helpful with tax questions unique to seniors.

 

In addition to filing concerns, my office regularly hears from Arkansans who need help navigating problems with the IRS. We are fortunate to have a Taxpayer Advocate office in Little Rock to assist with these issues. Arkansans who are running into bureaucracy problems with the IRS are welcome to contact my office for a referral to the Taxpayer Advocate or contact the agency directly at 501-396-5978.

 

I recently met with the Arkansas Taxpayer Advocate Steve Hudspeth. We discussed the ways the IRS can improve its customer service strategy, filing process and taxpayer protections to better serve Arkansans. While the IRS has made significant strides to become more taxpayer-friendly over the last several years, there is still a long way to go. I look forward to continuing to work with the Advocate’s office to make sure Arkansans are treated fairly in these processes.

 

While many Americans dread tax time, we are working to create more opportunities to make it easier, more convenient and economical to accomplish this civic duty.

 

2-21-20  2:57 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

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Polk County Circuit Court Arraignments February 13th, 19th

 
All criminal information is merely an accusation and the Defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. Prosecuting Attorney Andy Riner, within and for the 18th-West Judicial District of the State of Arkansas, of which Polk County is a part, in the name and by the authority of the State of Arkansas, on oath, do hereby accuse the defendants of committing in Polk County, Arkansas the following crimes: 
 
State of Arkansas Vs. Aaron Marcus Shores, White Male, age 29, Count I: Failure To Appear, a Class "C" Felony. Count II: Failure To Appear, a Class "C" Felony.
 
State of Arkansas Vs. Kevin L. Smith, White Male, age 30, Count I: Failure To Appear, a Class "C" Felony.
 
State of Arkansas Vs. Jefferey D. Dollarhyde, White Male, age 32, Count I: Theft Of Property, a Class "D" Felony. Count II: Theft Of Property, a Class "A" Misdemeanor. The State of Arkansas intends to pursue enhanced penalties since he has been convicted of four (4) or more felonies.
 
2-21-20 2:39 p.m. KAWX.ORG 
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Senator Larry Teague's Weekly Column

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague

February 21, 2020

 

LITTLE ROCK – Last year the legislature voted to conduct an extensive review of the operations of the Arkansas Department of Transportation, to identify areas where improvements could be made.

 

Act 298 of 2019 mandates that the Legislative Council hire an independent consultant to perform the review. The consultant is Guidehouse, of McLean, Virginia. It will focus on the bidding procedures, purchasing methods and overall finances of one of the largest agencies in state government.

 

It will recommend legislation for the General Assembly to consider during the 2021 regular session.

 

One purpose is to ensure responsiveness to the needs of citizens. In other words, if members of a community are concerned about the number of accidents on a particular stretch of highway, such as a sharp curve with a low shoulder, their concerns should not be ignored.

 

In September, Guidehouse submitted to the Department a lengthy and detailed list of requests for data. Since then, Guidehouse has also been talking to key staff at the Transportation Department.

 

Staff spent 3,220 hours working with Guidehouse to provide the requested data. As of December, the consultant had uploaded more than 1,150 files. The consultants made a progress report to legislators.

 

The Transportation Department has 3,724 full time employees working across the state, with an annual budget of $425.4 million, according to the Guidehouse report.

 

Legislators also received a detailed report from the Transportation Department itself, on the progress of 34 projects that were under construction at the beginning of the year. Each project will cost more than $10 million to complete.

 

The largest project, in terms of cost, is a $187 million widening of Interstate 30 in western Saline County, where Highway 70 turns off toward Hot Springs. The interstate is being widened from four to six lanes for 5.9 miles. It is scheduled for completion in late 2022.

 

The second largest project is in Prairie County, along Interstate 40. It is a $100 million project to replace the bridge over the White River.

 

The estimated completion date is the middle of 2020, but delays may result because of disputes between the Department and building contractors. High water and heavy rains interfered with construction schedules. Contractors and the Department do not agree on who should foot the cost of those delays.

 

The director of the Department, Scott Bennett, announced that he intended to step down on March 20. He worked at the Department for 32 years and has been its director since 2011.

 

At a recent meeting of the Highway Commission, he outlined the projects that the Department has worked on during the past ten years. They amount to 1,100 projects covering 5,600 miles of highway and costing $7.2 billion.

 

Last year the legislature approved two highway-funding measures. One measure, Act 416, will generate an estimated $95 million annually.

 

The other measure is a resolution that refers to voters a proposed constitutional amendment. If it passes in the November general election, it will provide an additional $205 million a year to the Department by permanently extending the current half-cent sales tax dedicated to highways and bridges.

 

2-21-20 10:32 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Weekly Arkansas Fishing Report

This is the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s weekly fishing report for Feb. 19, 2020. If there is a body of water you would like included in this report, please email jim.harris@agfc.ar.gov with information on possible sources for reports about that lake or river. Reports are updated weekly, although some reports might be published for two weeks if updates are not received promptly or if reporters say conditions haven’t changed. Contact the reporter listed for the lake or stream you plan to fish for current news. Note: msl = mean sea level; cfs = cubic feet per second.

 

Click on the area of the state below where you are interested in current fishing information from.

 

Central Arkansas

 

North Arkansas

 

Northwest Arkansas

 

Northeast Arkansas

 

Southeast Arkansas

 

Southwest Arkansas

 

South-Central Arkansas

 

West-Central Arkansas

 

East Arkansas

 

Arkansas River and White River levels are available at: https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=lzk

 

For real-time information on stream flow in Arkansas from the U.S. Geological Survey, visit: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ar/nwis/rt

 

For water-quality statistics (including temperature) in many Arkansas streams and lakes, visit: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ar/nwis/current/?type=quality.

 

2-19-20 4:08 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Reeves-Janssen Streets To Get Overlay, New Playground Equipment For Janssen Park

There was a lot of good and encouraging news for Mena residents at Mena's City Council meeting Tuesday.

 

Council members handled routine business and heard reports from department heads and committees.

 

In new business, the Council approved resolutions to qualify for a grant for the Senior Citizens Center in Mena and one authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk/Treasurer to apply for a grant for improvements to the bathrooms at Janssen Park. 

 

Janssen Park will also be getting some new playground equipment. Quotes for the equipment were reviewed and a vendor selected. The cost for the project will be approximately $250,000.00.

 

 

Another resolution was approved concerning the use of State Aid monies to be used for street overlay work. Mayor Seth Smith said that the Arkansas State Aid Street Committee had approved $300,000.00 for Mena. The money will be used to overlay Reeves and Janssen Streets from the intersection of Reine Street (Kess' Korner) to Mena Street (Water Department). This work should go to bid in April or May according to the Mayor.

 

The Council approved the purchase of a new Dodge Durango from State Bid for the Police Department and a new gooseneck trailer for the Street Department. 

 

Quotes were received for electrical work on the historic KCS Depot. The City has a grant from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program to update the wiring, much of which is original. The depot was built in 1920. 

 

Derek Campbell's appointment to the Mena Advertising and Promotion Commission was approved. Campbell will fill the unexpired term of Debbie Skaggs which ends April 30, 2020.

 

The next City Council meeting will be at 6:00 p.m. on March 3, 2020 at City Hall.

 

2-19-20 12:52 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Mena School Board February Meeting

The Mena School Board conducted their February meeting Tuesday night at the administration building.

 

Superintendent Benny Weston began the meeting by thanking the board for allowing him to attend the AASA National Conference in San Diego CA recently. Weston represented the state as the Arkansas Superintendent of the Year & described it as a once in a lifetime experience.

 

Assistant Superintendent Paulette Sherrer then presented the board with a proposed school calendar for the next two years that had the approval of 92% of the staff. The board Unanimously approved that calendar for 20/21 and 21/22.

 

Maintenance Supervisor, Danny Minton, addressed the board on facilities. Repairs continue on various systems that were damaged by a lightning strike at the baseball field. Including the removal of the damaged light pole. Delivery of Other material for the baseball facility has been postponed due to wet weather. Also the recent heavy rains have exposed a few leaks at Louise Durham Elementary & they are being dealt with.

 

At this point in the meeting there was discussion about limiting the number of foreign exchange students. No action was taken & it was decided that it would be left to the administrations discretion.

 

The board accepted the resignation of Molly Lindsey & Freda Moore. They also unanimously approved extending all administrative contracts before adjourning.

 

Source: Mena Public Schools 

 

2-19-20 6:35 a.m. KAWX.ORG

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Mena Police Report for February 9th - 15th

 

Mena Police Department Reports for the Week of February 9, 2020 through February 15, 2020 

 

 

February 9, 2020

 

A theft of motor fuel complaint was taken at a gas station.

 

February 10, 2020

 

A theft of property by deception complaint was taken at a restaurant.

 

A theft complaint was taken at a motel.

 

February 11, 2020

 

A criminal mischief complaint was taken at a radio station.

 

An unauthorized use of a motor vehicle report was taken. The owner recovered the vehicle.

 

February 12, 2020

 

David Sinyard. 44, was arrested for inhaling an intoxicating substance after a call to an area behind a motel.

 

February 13, 2020

 

A report of domestic battery and interfering with emergency communications was taken after a call to a residence.

 

Shannon Shaw, 39, was arrested on a warrant in an alley way behind a thrift store.

 

Tearesa Denton, 47, was arrested on a warrant at a department store.

 

February 14, 2020

 

Amanda Abbott, 31, was arrested for disorderly conduct, public intoxication and criminal trespass after a call to the hospital.

 

A theft complaint was taken at a residence.

 

A complaint of burglary and assault report was taken at a residence.

 

February 15, 2020

 

 A report of careless driving was taken after a call to an accident behind the high school.

 

A theft complaint was taken at the police department from a walk-in complainant.

 

2-18-20 9:57 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Early Voting Starts Tuesday, February 18th

 

Early Voting for the March 3rd Primary Election begins Tuesday, February 18th, at the Polk County Office Complex (old hospital) on Pine Street in Mena according to Polk County Clerk Terri Harrison.

 

Things to remember when you go vote:

 

1.You will be asked to provide a photo ID

 

2. You will be asked in which primary you choose to vote and your options will be: Democratic, Republican, or Non-partisan

 

3. You do not have to live in the city limits to vote on school board races or non-partisan judicial races.

 

Dates and time for Early Voting:

 

February 18th - 21st from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

 

February 22nd 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

 

February 24th - 28th 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

 

February 29th 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

 

March 2nd 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

 

Non-Partisan races and School Board races also appear on both the Republican Primary Ballot and the Democratic Primary Ballot.

 

You can visit www.voterview.org to check your voter registration information and to see a sample ballot.

 

If you have any other questions about voter registration or the upcoming election, you can call the County Clerk’s Office at (479) 394-8123.

 

2-17-20 4:04 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Polk County Sheriff's Report for February 10th - 16th

SHERIFF’S LOG

 

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of February 10, 2020 – February 16, 2020. The charges against those arrested are allegations and the cases are still pending in the courts. Individuals charged and whose names appear in this column may submit documentation to us at a later date that the charges have been dismissed or that they have been found innocent and we will include that information in this space in a timely manner.

 

February 10, 2020

Report from complainant on Polk 61 near Board Camp of the theft of a cell phone valued at $600.00. Investigation continues.

Arrested was Ronnie L. Watts, 62, of Mena, on a Warrant for Sexual Assault 2nd Degree.

Arrested was Scott A. Moran, 48, of Wickes, on a charge of Delivery of Methamphetamine/ Cocaine.

 

February 11, 2020

Report from complainant on Polk 44 near Mena of a break into a vacant residence causing damage to a doorknob. Investigation continues.

Arrested by an officer with the Drug Task Force was Mary Tanner, 38, of Claremore, Ok on a Charge of Delivery of Methamphetamine/Cocaine.

Arrested by an officer with the Drug Task Force was John C. Tanner, 49, of Cove on a Charge of Delivery of Meth/Cocaine and a Body Attachment Warrant and a Warrant for Probation Violation.

 

February 12, 2020

Citations for Driving on a Suspended Driver’s License and No Proof of Insurance were issued to Anthony C. Burts, Jr., 30, of Mena.

Traffic stop on Hwy 8E near Nunley led to the arrest of Cynthia T. Anglin, 59,of Mena on Charges of DWI and Refusal to Submit.

Arrested by an officer with the Grannis Police Department was Angel M. Holloway,28, of Horatio on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order.

Arrested by an officer with the Drug Task Force was Aaron M. Shores, 27, of Mena on a Warrant for two counts of Felony Failure To Appear.

 

February 13, 2020

Report from Polk County Detention Center of an escaped inmate. Inmate was located and returned to facility. Information forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s office for further consideration.

Report of a disturbance on Trailwood Lane near Mena. Deputies responded. Both parties refused to press charges.

Report from complainants of being harassed by an unknown individual while running on Hwy 88W near Mena.

Arrested was Donovan T. Hunt, 28, of Mena, on three Body Attachment Warrants.

 

February 14, 2020

Report from complainant on Hwy 71S near Cove of a missing family member. Investigation continues.

Arrested by an officer with the Grannis Police Department was Samuel C. Henley, 37,of Cove on Charges of DWI, Reckless Driving, Speeding, Fleeing in a Vehicle, Driving on a Suspended Drivers License, and Refusal to Submit.

 

February 15, 2020

No reports were filed.

 

February 16, 2020

Report of a disturbance on West Boundary Avenue in Mena. Deputies responded. Complainant refused to press charges.

Report of a disturbance on Hwy 270 near Rich Mountain led to the arrest of Wiley L. Sawyer, 49, of Mena, on Charges of Public Intoxication and Criminal Trespass.

Traffic stop on Hwy 246W near Hatfield led to the arrest of Luke J. Golding, 20, of Mena on Charges of DWI and Driving Left of Center.

Report of a disturbance on Hwy 8E near Board Camp led to the arrest of Stoney R. Lockaby, 44, of Mena, on a charge of Domestic Battery 3rd Degree.

Report of a disturbance on Polk 151 near Hatfield led to the arrest of Loice H. Callahan, 49, of Hatfield, on a charge of Public Intoxication.

Arrested by a trooper with the Arkansas State Police was Abram L. Abernathy, 23, of Mena on a Warrant for Failure to Appear.

Arrested was Joshua W. McCollum,28, of Dequeen, on a Charge of Disorderly Conduct.

 

Polk County Sheriff’s Office worked two vehicle accidents this week.

 

Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 27 Incarcerated Inmates , with 14 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility.

 

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2-17-20 2:46 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream Opens Friday, February 21st At The OLT

William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will open Friday, February 21st at 7:30 PM at the Ouachita Little Theatre in Mena.

 

Directed by Robby and Gini Burt in conjunction with the University of Arkansas at Rich Mountain, this lively show features colorful costumes, great scenery, and a large cast showcasing excellent acting that will delight audiences.

 

Alexa Night (Puck)

 

The play will also run on February 22, 23, and the following weekend on February 28, 29, and March 1. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 PM, Sunday matinees are at 2:30 PM.

 

There will also be additional performances at area schools for educational purposes open to students. Mark your calendars for this memorable event!

Alyvia Wooden (Titania) and Mike Moe (Oberon)

 

Stop by the Ouachita Little Theatre any weekday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM to secure your reserved seating tickets to see one of the most famous comedies of all time!

Julie Moe (Hippolyta) and Scotty Jenkins (Theseus)

 

2-17-20 12:32 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Radio Address: The Home of History Makers

Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Address: The Home of History Makers
 
 
LITTLE ROCK – The brick house at 1207 West 28th Street stands at the intersection of the United States civil rights movement and Little Rock.
 
February is Black History Month, and today I’d like to talk about that house and about Daisy Gatson Bates and her husband, Lucious Christopher Bates, who lived there and led from there.
 
In the national civil rights movement, Daisy and L.C. Bates were well known and well regarded. In Little Rock, they were bigger than life.
 
Their work did not begin in that house. But it was there that all their life’s work crystallized into the showdown with the governor of Arkansas that attracted the world’s attention.
 
The house is the one where Daisy Bates mentored, encouraged, and comforted the Little Rock Nine in 1957 as the teenagers prepared to defy the segregation of our schools to become the first African-American students to attend Central High School.
 
There in that house, Daisy and L.C. received prominent leaders such as Thurgood Marshall and Martin Luther King Jr., who in the spring of 1958 attended graduation at Central High as Ernest Green became the school’s first African-American graduate.
 
By the time the Bates bought the lot and built the house in 1955, they already were well known for their civil rights work, which included their civil-rights advocacy in the Arkansas State Press newspaper, which L.C. Bates founded in 1941. The newspaper was the primary source for news about the African American community in Arkansas.
 
Their work expanded. Admiration for their fearless leadership increased. Their reputation spread.
 
In 1952, Daisy Bates was elected president of the Arkansas Conference of Branches, the umbrella organization for the state NAACP.
 
In 1954, after the Brown v. Board of Education decision, Daisy helped lead the campaign to speed up the integration of Little Rock schools.
 
Then in 1957, Daisy and other leaders carefully recruited students who were willing to face down the anger and the danger to integrate Central High.
 
In a letter that Dr. King wrote to Daisy Bates in the heat of that battle, he encouraged her to lead “the people of Little Rock to adhere rigorously to a way of non-violence. …”  His letter continued: “You must meet physical force with soul force. … History is on your side. World opinion is with you.”
 
Daisy Bates’s story remains integral to the national civil rights narrative, and it is important to remember, especially during Black History Month.
 
In Little Rock, we have named a street in her honor. That house on West 28th Street now is a National Historic Landmark. The L.C. and Daisy Bates Museum Foundation owns the house, which is outfitted to look as it did on the day when Daisy Bates read the promise of Martin Luther King, words that still ring with beauty and truth.
 
“Keep struggling with this faith,” Dr. King wrote, “and the tragic midnight of anarchy and mob rule … will be transformed into the glowing daybreak of freedom and justice.”
 
Daisy Gatson Bates titled her memoir The Long Shadow of Little Rock. Through the front window of that modest yellow-brick house here in Little Rock where Daisy and L.C. challenged the system, America glimpsed a first glow of the daybreak that continues to burn off the shadow.
 
2-14-20 5:15 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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State Representative John Maddox's Weekly Column

Suicide is a serious national public health issue that affects communities everywhere. When looking at the data on veteran suicide, however, we see that veterans are 1.5 times more likely to die by suicide than non-veterans. In 2017, Arkansas had the 9th worst veteran suicide rate in the country, with 20.8 suicides per 100,000 people. 

  

There is currently an extensive study being conducted to address the issue of veteran suicide in Arkansas called the Arkansas Legislative Study on Veteran Affairs. The study came about as a result of the passage of Act 551, which requires the House Committee on Aging, Children and Youth, Legislative and Military Affairs and the Senate Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs to examine risk factors for suicide in veterans, options for preventing or reducing the occurrence of suicide among the veteran population, and mental health care available to veterans within the state.

 

Research shows that there is a lower increase in the suicide rate among veterans in Veterans Health Administration (VHA) care than among veterans who are not in VHA care. The problem is that veterans are not automatically enrolled in VHA care, so it may be difficult to get those who are struggling the help they need. By connecting them with veterans’ healthcare services and other resources, legislators hope to see the number of veteran suicides decrease. 

 

  

The committees have met in various locations across the state to study the issue. They will meet next at the Heritage Church in Van Buren on February 24 at 1:30pm.

 

During a joint committee meeting held in October in El Dorado, Mandy Thomas, Injury and Violence Prevention, Section Chief, Department of Health shared some interesting data on suicide prevention efforts in Arkansas. According to data collected from the period between January 1, 2019, and September 30, 2019, 23% of calls initiated to the Arkansas Lifeline Call Center by an Arkansas area code pressed #1 for the Veteran Crisis Line. The top five resources provided to callers include: Community Mental Health Centers, VA Crisis Line, AR Department of Veteran’s Affairs, National Domestic Abuse Hotline, and National Alcoholics Anonymous Hotline.

 

The Arkansas Lifeline Call Center, which is open through the Arkansas Department of Health, is open to use for anyone. The center answers calls made in Arkansas to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

 

Veterans can access the Veteran Crisis Line by calling the national line at 1-800-273-8255 and pressing 1. Anyone can also text the crisis line by sending TALK to 741741, or chat online at https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/.

 

2-14-20 4:41 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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US Senator John Boozman's Weekly Column: Returning to Legislative Business

 

Returning to Legislative Business

 

With the impeachment trial behind us, my colleagues and I are eager to get back to focusing on our legislative to-do list.

 

The Senate had been working at a very effective pace during the 116th Congress before the House of Representatives finally, after an inexplicable month-long delay, sent over the articles of impeachment.

 

Last year, the Senate confirmed over 100 federal judges, repealed costly Obamacare taxes and increased security at the border. We made national defense a top priority, not just in terms of modernizing our weapons systems, but also by giving the brave men and women who serve our nation the largest pay raise they have received in a decade.

 

We passed major initiatives that are vital to the future of our nation, including measures to secure our elections, increase funding for medical research and improve retirement security. Smaller issues that cause big headaches, such as combatting those annoying robocalls that frustrate us all, have also been addressed in the 116th Congress.

 

Just before the trial began, the Senate passed the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), checking off the most significant accomplishment to date on this session’s to-do list. This historic deal brings our trade policies with our North American neighbors into the 21st century and enables hardworking Arkansas farmers, ranchers, manufacturers and workers to compete in the global economy.

 

Unfortunately, as a result of Senate rules and precedents, the impeachment trial brought the legislative process to a grinding halt. Now, it is time to return to addressing the priorities of the American people.

 

Here’s how I’d like us to use that time.

 

We can start by passing the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act. This comprehensive legislation will strengthen our ability to provide veterans with the mental health care they need and includes language I authored to leverage the services of veteran-serving non-profits and other community networks in our overall strategy to reduce veteran suicides. This bipartisan bill recently garnered committee approval and now is awaiting consideration by the full Senate.

 

Veterans legislation is one of the policy areas where I believe we can find common ground between Republicans and Democrats. Another area where we can find agreement is making sensible, long-term investments in our nation’s infrastructure. This will help our economy continue to grow and allow our country to remain competitive in the global economy for years to come. I also believe we can coalesce behind a reauthorization of federal child nutrition programs. I have been leading the bipartisan charge to make federal child nutrition programs more efficient, flexible and better equipped to reach Arkansas children in need during the summer months. My goal is to ensure this legislation is included in the broader package that the Senate will consider. 

 

It is safe to say that we will return to our record pace of confirming nominees for the bench. Judges appointed by President Trump now hold more than one out of every four circuit court seats. We are reshaping the courts, appointing judges who will follow the law as it was written and intended to be implemented by lawmakers.

 

The average Arkansan, like many other Americans, is looking for results and asking how their elected officials are trying to help make their lives better and move our country forward. We need to put the political games and theater behind us and work together to achieve those goals.

 

2-14-20 3:33 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Senator Larry Teague's Weekly Column

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague

February 14, 2020

 

LITTLE ROCK – Every month in Arkansas, an average of 20 to 30 young people get in trouble with the law and are placed in the custody of the Division of Youth Services.

 

Two years ago, those teenagers were much more likely to spend time in a juvenile jail. They were more likely to wait months for an initial assessment to determine where they should be placed and how they should be treated.

 

They were more likely to have their lengths of stay extended, sometimes for relatively minor violations. If they acted out and were punished, it often meant they were sent to a secure lockup. That meant their treatment and school work would be put on hold for an indefinite period of time.

 

Last year there were 30 youths who had been in the system for two years or more, even though they were not violent, they were not sex offenders and no judge had ordered an extended stay for them.

 

It is much different today, members of the Senate Committee on Children and Youth were told last week. The director of the Division of Youth Services (DYS) reported on the many changes in youth treatment that have been put into effect over the past two years.

 

The governor, judges and legislators have all participated in the changes, with the goal of reducing the number of young people who are locked up in a secure location.

 

Instead, more are being supervised in group homes, under what is called community-based treatment.

 

Before May of last year, 352 youths were in a residential facility. Now there are 235.

 

For example, before May of last year, 73 young people were being held in a juvenile detention center operated by a county. Now there are only six.

 

That is an improvement, because generally there is no treatment in detention centers, rather they are simply places where youths are held.

 

DYS hopes to keep the number of youths in county-run detention centers in the single digits.

 

Previously, when a youth was admitted into the system, his or her treatment plan was a “cookie cutter,” meaning that all youths went through the same plan. Now, each youth has an individualized plan written by a team of specialists. Parents are allowed input. Substance abuse treatment is more common.

 

When a youth gets in trouble now, DYS takes about 20 days to complete an assessment. Before, they often waited months in a county-run detention center before they were placed in a setting where they could get treatment.

 

Typically, youth now stay in DYS custody for three to six months. Each youth has a set date on which he or she will be released, and that date can only be changed by the treatment team with approval from the director of DYS.

 

Now, the treatment team monitors a youth’s progress. That did not happen previously.

 

Act 189 of 2019 has made a difference in the number of young people sent to lockups. It requires all juvenile judges to use a “validated risk assessment system,” when placing offenders.

 

The intention is to make sentences uniform across the state, and eliminate discrepancies that have existed. In some parts of Arkansas, juveniles were sent to a lock-up for minor offenses. In other parts of the state, juveniles who committed the same minor offenses were ordered to complete community service and alternative programs.

 

2-14-20 1:24 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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ATTORNEY GENERAL ALERT: 2020 Census Scams

LITTLE ROCK – Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau has the important job of counting every living person in our country. Beginning in mid-March, an invitation to participate will either be mailed or hand delivered to each home. If no response is received by May either by mail, online or over the phone, census takers will begin visiting homes and can return up to six times until the questionnaire is completed.

 

“This is one time every person will be contacted by a government entity,” said Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “It’s important for Arkansans to know which questions will and will not be asked by the Census Bureau and not fall prey to scammers pretending to be the Census Bureau.”

 

According to the Federal Trade Commission, the questionnaire asks:

 

  • How many people are in the home?
  • What is their sex, age, race and ethnicity?
  • What is their relationship to one another?
  • What is the best phone number to reach you?
  • Do you own or rent the home?

 

For a full list of questions, go to 2020census.gov. According to the U.S Census Bureau, every answer is confidential and answers will only be used for statistical purposes.

 

The following information will NEVER be asked by the Census Bureau:

 

  • Social Security number.
  • Money or donations.
  • Bank or credit card account information.
  • Anything on behalf of or about a political party.

 

If you are asked these questions by a person claiming to be the with Census Bureau, it is a scam and you should not cooperate with them. Instead, hang up and report the call to the Census Bureau by calling 800-923-8282.

 

Some households will receive follow-up phone calls from the Census Bureau to ensure quality control. To help distinguish between legitimate Census Bureau calls and scammers, check out “Are You in a Survey? Help for Survey Participants” on the Census Bureau’s website.

 

If you suspect fraud, call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative or call the Attorney General’s Office at (800) 482-8982 or consumer@arkansasag.gov. For more scam alerts, visit ArkansasAG.gov or Facebook.com/AGLeslieRutledge.

 

2-14-20 7:21 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Lottery Ticket Sales $43.5 Million In January

Lottery ticket sales in January 2020 totaled $43,520,882.50.

 
Pulaski County had the highest sales totaling $8,106,553.50.
 
The lowest sales were in Montgomery County and totaled $28,715.50.
 
Sales in Polk County totaled $174,609.50.
 
The lottery in Arkansas was established to provide scholarships for college students, yet just twenty cents of each dollar goes to scholarships according to the Arkansas Family Council.
 
2-13-20 8:07 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Polk County Circuit Court Arraignments February 10th, 12th

All criminal information is merely an accusation and the Defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. Prosecuting Attorney Andy Riner, within and for the 18th-West Judicial District of the State of Arkansas, of which Polk County is a part, in the name and by the authority of the State of Arkansas, on oath, do hereby accuse the defendants of committing in Polk County, Arkansas the following crimes: 
 
State of Arkansas Vs. Scott Moran, White Male, age 48, Count I: Delivery Of Methamphetamine Or Cocaine, a Class "C" Felony.
 
State of Arkansas Vs. John C. Tanner, White Male, age 49, Count I: Delivery Of Methamphetamine Or Cocaine, a Class "Y" Felony. Count II: Possession Of A Schedule II Controlled Substance, a Class "B" Felony. The State of Arkansas intends to pursue enhanced charges due to the fact that he has been convicted of four (4) or more felonies.
 
2-13-20 7:53 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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AUDITIONS FOR OLT SPRING MUSICAL 'BIG' SCHEDULED

Dates are set for Ouachita Little Theatre’s spring musical production of “BIG.” Based on the 1987 motion picture fantasy, this musical bursts on the stage as an unforgettable theatrical experience.

 

Lead character Josh Baskin, a young teen, makes a wish on the Zoltar machine at a local carnival to skip this this awkward stage of life and become “big.” The musical production highlights all the memorable movie moments, including Zoltar and a giant floor piano.

 

There are stand out roles for adults as well as young people. This family-friendly show is full of high energy singing and dancing, but you don’t have to necessarily sing or dance well to be part of the ensemble action on stage.

 

There are also lots of fun backstage jobs. You could assist costumer Jane Buttermilk, or help with props, construct or move sets, and perform many other tasks.

 

Director Jessica Kropp and Music Director Judy Kropp along with choreographer Gini Burt will be looking for all ages to fill roles (males and females) and there is a need for a large cast. This is a great time to try out for the first time for an OLT musical! Consider participating together as a family to make special memories.

 

Performance dates are May 14, 15, 16, 22, 23, and 24, 2020. Because there will be no show Sunday, May 17, due to the MHS graduation, the May 14 date is a Thursday. Rehearsals will be scheduled in the early evenings, beginning in March.

 

Auditions are scheduled for Wednesday, February 26th from 7:00 – 9:00 PM and Thursday, February 27th from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM. Tryouts will be held at OLT unless otherwise announced.

 

2-13-20 4:47 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Weekly Arkansas Fishing Report

This is the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s weekly fishing report for Feb. 12, 2020. If there is a body of water you would like included in this report, please email jim.harris@agfc.ar.gov with information on possible sources for reports about that lake or river. Reports are updated weekly, although some reports might be published for two weeks if updates are not received promptly or if reporters say conditions haven’t changed. Contact the reporter listed for the lake or stream you plan to fish for current news. Note: msl = mean sea level; cfs = cubic feet per second.

 

Click on the area of the state below where you are interested in current fishing informattion from.

 

Central Arkansas

 

North Arkansas

 

Northwest Arkansas

 

Northeast Arkansas

 

Southeast Arkansas

 

Southwest Arkansas

 

South-Central Arkansas

 

West-Central Arkansas

 

East Arkansas

 

Arkansas River and White River levels are available at: https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=lzk

 

For real-time information on stream flow in Arkansas from the U.S. Geological Survey, visit: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ar/nwis/rt

 

For water-quality statistics (including temperature) in many Arkansas streams and lakes, visit: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ar/nwis/current/?type=quality.

 

2-12-20 3:58 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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ARDOT Director Conducts Public Hearing In Mena

Arkansas Department of Transportation Director Scott E. Bennett, P.E. conducted a Public Hearing in Mena February 11th. The event at the UARM Ouachita Center drew a crowd of several dozen people, including Mena Mayor Seth Smith, Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison, State Representative John Maddox, members of the Mena City Council and Polk County Quorum Court, as well as three of the five Arkansas State Highway Commission Commissioners and other out-of-town elected officials. 

 

The purpose of the hearing, the fifth of twelve to be held in the state, was to inform the public about Issue 1, an amendment to the the Arkansas Constitution continuing a one-half percent (0.5%) sales and use tax for state highways and bridges; county roads, bridges and other surface transportation; and city streets, bridges, and other surface transportation after the retirement of the bonds authorized in Arkansas Constitution, Amendment 91, which will be on the November 3rd ballot.

 

If passed, a major part of ARDOT's funding, a one-half percent (0.5%) sales tax would continue. If Issue 1 fails, the tax would cease, resulting in a major cut in highway projects and turnback money to cities and counties for local projects.

 

For additional information about Issue 1, or HJR1018, click here. To see the actual resolution, click here.

 

2-12-20 1:45 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Mayor Smith Proclaims February 7th-14th Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week

 

Mena Mayor Seth Smith, surrounded by some of Mena's most beloved citizens, signed a proclamation Wednesday morning at City Hall proclaiming February 7th - 14th as Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week in Mena.

 

In part, the proclamation states that in the United States of America, approximately 40,000 infants each year are born with Congenital Heart Defects, and that Mena's families and communities have been directly impacted by childhood illness and death caused by Congenital Heart Defects.

 

Mayor Smith and the City of Mena encourage residents to join in the campaign to increase awareness of the serious health matter in an effort to improve early diagnosis.

 

The complete proclamation can be seen below.

 

For additional information about Congenital Heart Defects or CHD, click here.

 

2-12-20 11:46 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

 

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Queen Wilhelmina State Park Takes Top Prize In Chef Competition

ARKANSAS STATE PARKS NAMES TOP CHEF
Queen Wilhelmina State Park Takes Top Prize
 
(LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) – Queen Wilhelmina State Park took home the top prize today at the Arkansas State Park’s Top Chef Competition. It was the first time they won in the seven years of the contest. Five park restaurants participated in the event, sponsored by Ben E. Keith, at the Pulaski Technical College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute.

“We made a fajita salad with roasted asparagus,” said winning Chef Ken Morse. “We think it was our special seasoning on the fajita steak that caught the attention of the judges.”

Contestants from Queen Wilhelmina, DeGray Lake Resort, Petit Jean, Mount Magazine and Ozark Folk Center state parks prepared a new entrée and sides that each restaurant does not currently have on its menu but is considering adding it as a selection.

Judges from the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism, Ben E. Keith and UAMS used criteria such as flavor, presentation, and workstation tidiness to crown the victor.

This year, teams didn't know the protein and used the pantry provided. The use of locally sourced ingredients and creating a healthy option of an old favorite was encouraged. And the prize for winning this exciting competition besides a trophy? The most valuable of all – bragging rights among our restaurants!  
 
2-11-20 8:22 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Local Veterans Present Flag Program To Students at HHE

David Spurgin and Edward Cross representing Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Disabled American Veterans (DAV), and the American Legion presented “Long May It Wave” introduction of the American Flag to fifth graders at Holly Harshman Elementary School on Tuesday, February 11, 2020.

 

The program is presented by the Arkansas Department of Education and the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs.

Click here for more about the US Flag.

 

2-11-20 4:02 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Mena Students Raise Money For St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

 

Mena MIddle School 6th Graders recently participated in the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Math-A-Thon. They raised $1,430.00 for St. Jude's to help in the fight against childhood cancer and other life threatening diseases. THANK YOU FOR MAKING A DIFFERENCE AND HELPING OTHERS!


Dax McMillion

Bre Crider

Dylon Morris

Kallye Gates

Ava Fields

Pascha Wilstrand

Eli Swall

Kilee Rowe

Katie Rowe

Carmindy Ashcraft

 

2-11-20 11:27 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Polk County Sheriff's Report for February 3rd - 9th

SHERIFF’S LOG

 

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of February 3, 2020 – February 9, 2020. The charges against those arrested are allegations and the cases are still pending in the courts. Individuals charged and whose names appear in this column may submit documentation to us at a later date that the charges have been dismissed or that they have been found innocent and we will include that information in this space in a timely manner.

 

February 3, 2020

Report of a disturbance on Highway 8 West near Shady Grove led to the arrest of Shelly L. Davis, 48, of Mena, on Charges of Domestic Battery 3rd Degree and Resisting Arrest. Additional information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.

Report of a bulldozer, valued at $60,000.00, on fire on Highway 8 West near Rocky. Deputy responded. Investigation continues.

Arrested by an officer with the Grannis Police Department was Daniel J. Mendieta, 21, of Hot Springs, on a Warrant for Probation Violation.

Arrested was Maurizo A. Malucci, 32, of Mena, on a Body Attachment Warrant.

Arrested was Danny A. Holliday, 51, of Mena, on a Warrant for Battery 3rd Degree.

 

February 4, 2020

Report from complainant on Highway 8 West near Shady Grove of a missing sign. Investigation continues.

Report of a disturbance on Polk 87 near Ink led to the arrest of Shawna M. Morris, 23, of Mena, on a Charge of Disorderly Conduct.

 

February 5, 2020

No reports were filed.

 

February 6, 2020

Report of illegal contraband led to a 14-year-old being issued a Juvenile Citation for Possession of a Schedule VI Controlled Substance. The juvenile was released to the custody of a parent/guardian.

Report from complainant on Polk 42 near Potter of the theft of a vehicle, valued at $35,000.00. The vehicle was later located. Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.

Arrested was Herbert O. Aiken, 40, of Cove, on a Body Attachment Warrant.

Arrested was Christopher K. Hoover, 38, of Glenwood, on two Warrants for Failure to Comply with a Court Order.

 

February 7, 2020

Arrested was Jamie F. Beckwith, 28, of Mena, on a Drug Court Sanction.

 

February 8, 2020

Report from complainant on N. Eve Street in Mena of an unauthorized person on their property. Deputy advised subject to not return to the property.

Arrested was April K. G. Poor, 41, of Mena, on a Warrant for Bond Revocation.

 

February 9, 2020

Report from complainant on Polk 268 near Vandervoort of the theft of deer and elk antlers, all valued at $2,500.00. Investigation continues.

Report from complainant on Polk 72 near Yocana of unauthorized persons on their property. Investigation continues.

Arrested was Cody D. Kaderly, 25, of Mena, on a Body Attachment Warrant.

Arrested was Tyra N. Cornelius, 35, of Mena, on a Warrant for Terroristic Threatening 2nd Degree.

 

Polk County Sheriff’s Office worked one vehicle accident this week.

 

Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 27 Incarcerated Inmates , with 14 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility.

 

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2-10-20 4:54 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Mena Police Reports January 26th - February 8th

Mena Police Department Reports for the Week of January 26, 2020 through February 1, 2020 and February 2, 2020 through February 8, 2020

 

 

January 26, 2020

Jasper Richmond, 20, was arrested and cited for Theft of Property (shoplifting) after a call to a department store.

Madison Fairless, 19, was arrested and cited for Theft of Property (shoplifting) after a call to a department store.

Four juveniles were cited for Criminal Mischief in the second degree after officers were alerted to vandalism of personal property.

 

January 27, 2020

Report of a counterfeit bill at a local bank. Case is still under investigation.

Police Department recovered stolen property and returned it to the proper owner.

 

January 28, 2020

Nathan Gastineau, 38, was arrested for a warrant at the Mena Police Department after being interviewed on an unrelated case.

Officers were dispatched to a two-car accident at U.S. Highway 71 and 7th Street.

 

January 29, 2020

Officers were dispatched to a call of a juvenile that had not come home. Later Officers pulled over a vehicle for a traffic violation which contained the two juveniles from the earlier call. They were arrested for Possession of Schedule VI Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Minor in Possession of Alcohol, and Violation of Curfew.

 

January 30, 2020

Isaac Cain, 26, was arrested, after a call for assistance from the office of Probation and Parole, for two warrants, probation violation, possession of schedule VI, possession of drug paraphernalia, violation of a protection order, and furnishing prohibited articles.

Randi Ward, 33, was arrested for theft of property (shoplifting) after a call to a department store.

Officers investigated a reported rape. Case is still under investigation.

 

January 31, 2020

Officers responded to a call of vandalism at a residence. Case is still under investigation.

 

February 1, 2020

Randall Burkett, 27, was arrested for an outstanding warrant following officers responding to domestic disturbance call.

 

February 2, 2020

Benjamin Gheorghiu, 44, was arrested, for no driver’s license, fleeing in a vehicle, and possession of schedule II-controlled substance, after officers had been called to a residence for harassment.

Officers investigated the report of a theft of property by deception (scam). Case is still under investigation.

Officers responded to a report of a rape at a residence. Case is still under investigation.

 

February 3, 2020

Eric Nichols, 51, was arrested/cited, for possession of schedule 6 controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, after officers were called to a local business for report of trespassing.

Eugene Foster, 52, was arrested/cited, for obstruction of governmental operations and refusal to submit to arrest, after officers were called to a local business for report of trespassing.

Officers responded to a call of domestic battery at a residence. Case is still under investigation.

 

February 4, 2020

Officer is investigating the report of multiple incidents of theft of property (shoplifting) from a department store.

Jake Watson, 62, was arrested for DWI (driving while intoxicated) after officers respond to motor vehicle accident.

Lisa Overturf, 52, was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia, after officers were called to the residence for a reported domestic battery.

Officers were called to a residence on the report of a battery. A juvenile was arrested for domestic battery second degree and possession of schedule VI less than 4 oz.

 

February 5, 2020

Nickie Landfair, 27, was arrested for criminal trespass in or on a vehicle or structure/premises, this was following officers responding to a call of disturbance at a local business.

 

February 6, 2020

Officers responded to the report of a possible rape. Case is still under investigation.

Officers responded to a report of theft of property (shoplifting).

Annie Aswell, 38, was arrested, for possession of drug paraphernalia, furnishing prohibited articles, possession of meth or cocaine less than 2 gm, possession of schedule II controlled substance, driving on suspended license, and improper use of evidences of registration, following a traffic stop for traffic violations.

 

February 7, 2020

James Hembree, 59, was arrested/cited for disorderly conduct, after officers responded to a disturbance at the Mena Regional Health System.

 

February 8, 2020

David Hale, 32, was arrested on a warrant, after an Officer recognized him at a local business parking lot.

 

2-10-20 8:28 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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This Weekend At Queen Wilhelmina State Park Near Mena, February 14th and 15th

For more information about any of the activities below, or the state park, dial (479) 394-2863, or visit the park's website by clicking here.
 
Friday, February 14
 
The Great Backyard Bird Count starting at 8:00 am and lasting about 1 hour. Meet in the Hearth Room. The Great Backyard Bird Count(GBBC) is an annual four-day citizen science event that engages bird watchers of all ages and skill levels in counting birds. Join Park Interpreter Melissa as we hike around the lodge to see how many types of feathered friends we can count. Limited amount of binoculars will be provided. Feel free to bring your own binoculars and cameras!
 
Wonder House Tour starting at 2:00 pm and lasting about 30 minutes. Meet in the Wonder House. Do you ever wonder what the Wonder House is about? Join Park Interpreter Melissa and step back into history to see one of the first vacation homes built in the 1930’s. 
 
Spring Trail Hike starting at  3:00 pm and lasting about  45 minutes. Meet at the Amphitheater. Join Park Interpreter Melissa for a leisure stroll on this short trail. Terrain is easy, so we will take our time and enjoy what nature has to offer us.
 
Saturday, February 15
 
The Great Backyard Bird Count starting at  8:00 am and lasting about 1 hour. Meet in the Hearth Room. The Great Backyard Bird Count(GBBC) is an annual four-day citizen science event that engages bird watchers of all ages and skill levels in counting birds. Join Park Interpreter Melissa as we hike around the lodge to see how many types of feathered friends we can count. Limited amount of binoculars will be provided. Feel free to bring your own binoculars and cameras!
 
Wonder House Tour starting at  2:00 pm and lasting about 30 minutes. Meet at the Wonder House. Do you ever wonder what the Wonder House is about? Join Park Interpreter Melissa and step back into history to see one of the first vacation homes built in the 1930’s. 
 
Valentine’s Hike starting at 3:00 pm and lasting about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Meet at the north side of Lovers’ Leap Trailhead. Do something your heart will love on Valentine’s Day. Bring your valentines to the park and join Park Interpreter Melissa for an easy stroll on the Lovers’ Leap Trail.
 
2-10-20 8:06 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Polk County Circuit Court Arraignments January 31st, February 3rd, February 5th

All criminal information is merely an accusation and the Defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. Prosecuting Attorney Andy Riner, within and for the 18th-West Judicial District of the State of Arkansas, of which Polk County is a part, in the name and by the authority of the State of Arkansas, on oath, do hereby accuse the defendants of committing in Polk County, Arkansas the following crimes: 
 
State of Arkansas Vs. Isaac L.B. Cain, White Male, age 26, Count I: Violation Of Suspended Imposition Of Sentence. The original offenses were First Degree Assault On A Family or Household Member, Possession Of Methamphetamine With Purpose To Deliver, Domestic Battery In The 2nd Degree, Domestic Battery In the 3rd Degree. Bond was set at $5,000.00.
 
State of Arkansas Vs. Matthew E. Cannon, White Male, age 39, Count I: Theft Of Property, a Class "C" Felony. Count II: Breaking Or Entering, a Class "D" Felony. The State of Arkansas intends to pursue enhanced penalties due to the fact that he has been convicted of four (4) or more felonies.
 
State of Arkansas Vs. Isaac L.B. Cain, White Male, age 26, Count I: Furnishing, Possessing, Or Using Prohibited Items, a Class "C" Felony. The State of Arkansas intends to pursue enhanced penalties since he has been convicted of more than one (1) felony but fewer than four (4) felonies.
 
State of Arkansas Vs. Benjamin D. Gheorghiu, White Male, age 44, Count I: Possession Of A Schedule II Controlled Substance, a Class "D" Felony. Count II: Fleeing, a Class "A" Misdemeanor. 
 
State of Arkansas Vs. Randall D. Burkett, Jr., White Male, age 27, Count I: Probation Violation. The original offenses were Possession Of A Controlled Substance Schedule I, II Methamphetamine Or Cocaine Less Than 2 grams, and Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia Methamphetamine Or Cocaine.
 
State of Arkansas Vs. Daniel Mendieta, White Male, age 21, Count I: Probation Violation. The original offenses were Theft By Receiving, Possession Of A Schedule IV or V Controlled Substance, and Possession Of A Schedule III Controlled Substance. Bond was set at $5,000.00.
 
2-8-20 10:49 a.m. KAWX.ORG 
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Two Killed, Two Injured In Friday Night Crash Near Board Camp

Two Montgomery County residents were killed Friday evening and a Mena resident and an unidentified minor were injured just east of Board Camp (Polk County, AR) on State Highway 8 when two vehicles collided.

 
According to the Arkansas State Police Report, a Ford F250 truck driven by Jeffery Clayton Cude, age 40 of Mena, was eastbound and crossed the center line hitting head on a west bound Chrysler van driven by Roseanna Markham, age 69 of Norman, Arkansas and occupied by Deborah Jean Black, age 68 also of Norman, Arkansas, as well as an unidentified minor. Both Markham and Black were pronounced dead the scene by the Polk County Coroner.
 
Next of kin of the deceased have been notified. 
 
Two medical helicopters were requested for the injured, one of which was flown to Baptist Fort Smith and the other to Children's in Little Rock.
 
The accident was investigated by Arkansas State Police Officer Ben Harrison. 
 
Also responding and assisting were the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Board Camp Fire Department, Dallas Valley Fire Department, Mena Fire Department, and Southwest EMS.
 
2-8-20 8:42 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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State Representative John Maddox's Weekly Column

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, and 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease each year. In 2017 in Arkansas, a total of 8,270 people died of heart disease.

 

February is American Heart Month. Its purpose is to promote the importance of heart health and increase awareness of the risk factors of heart disease.

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, half of all Americans have at least one of the top three risk factors for heart disease-high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking. Other conditions and behaviors that affect your risk for heart disease include obesity, diabetes, physical inactivity, and unhealthy eating patterns.

 

Smoking, the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, is also one of the greatest risk factors for developing heart disease. Smoking damages the heart and blood vessels very quickly, but the damage is repaired quickly for most smokers who quit.

 

In 2019, the General Assembly passed Act 580, which would have phased in an increase in the age a person must be to buy tobacco products like cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, and vaping products that contain nicotine. However, a new federal law signed by President Trump supersedes the 2019 state law, and as of December 27, 2019, the nationwide minimum age to buy tobacco products has been raised to 21. With this law now in place at the federal level, we expect to see fewer teens begin smoking or vaping in the first place.

 

You can choose healthy habits to help prevent heart disease. Arkansans are encouraged to make healthy changes to lower their risk of developing heart disease such as controlling their cholesterol and blood pressure, living an active lifestyle, and eating healthy. If you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you smoke, know that quitting will lower your risk for heart disease. For free help to quit smoking, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or go to smokefree.gov or cdc.gov/tips.

 

2-7-20 7:23 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Radio Address: Seventy Years of the People's House

Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Radio Address: Seventy Years of the People’s House
 
 
LITTLE ROCK – Seventy years ago this month, Governor Sid McMath and his family moved into the brand-new governor’s residence, and this week, some of the First Families who have lived there joined the First Lady and me to celebrate the anniversary.
 
Twelve First Families have lived in the residence since it was completed in February 1950.  At least 22 “first children” have lived there, and no telling how many “first grandchildren” have visited.
 
Our guests included former governors Jim Guy Tucker, Mike Huckabee, and Mike Beebe; and former First Lady Gay White Sigler. Also attending were six of the McMath children; Governor Bumpers’s daughter, Brooke; and Governor Faubus’s granddaughter, Ellen Faubus Kreth.
 
The official residence is sometimes called the Governor’s Mansion, but we like calling it the People’s House. The fact that Arkansas even has a governor’s house is worth celebrating because for the first 114 years as a state, there was not an official residence. That changed when out-of-state visitors asked their hostess, Agnes Bass Shinn of Harrison, to show them Arkansas’s Governor’s Mansion. She was embarrassed that we didn’t have one, so she began the campaign to build one. In 1945, the legislature rejected the idea, but two years later, the general assembly created the Governor’s Mansion Commission and allocated $100,000 to build one on the original site of the Arkansas School for the Blind.
 
The mansion opened on January 10, 1950. There wasn’t a ribbon cutting, but the public was invited to tour it. More than 180,000 showed up during that week. We haven’t slowed down since.
 
Last year, more than 15,000 people visited, and since January 2015, we’ve had more than 72,000 guests. Using that as an average, we can calculate that roughly 1.2 million visitors have visited the mansion since 1950.
 
Some of the more famous visitors include Rosa Parks, the Little Rock Nine, Vice President George and Barbara Bush, the cast of the Beverly Hillbillies, Billy Graham, Captain Kangaroo, Colonel Sanders, and Glen Campbell.
 
In the forward of his book, Open House: The Arkansas Governor’s Mansion and Its Place in History, local attorney John Gill offers highlights about the mansion and the people who have lived there. For instance, Bill Clinton learned he would become the 42nd president of the United States as he watched election returns on a TV in the mansion basement.
 
Governor Winthrop Rockefeller made plans in the mansion library for the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial service at the Arkansas Capitol – the first such service in the south.
 
Every year, guests from across the state and nation visit the Governor’s Mansion for the holiday decorations or to enjoy a real-life old-fashion Southern-style tea party. The First Lady and I are blessed to be stewards of a space that belongs to all the people of Arkansas.
 
2-7-20 3:35 p.m. KAWX.ORG
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The People's House, also known as The Governor's Mansion, Little Rock, Arkansas. 
 
 

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US Senator John Boozman's Weekly Column

New Navigable Waters Protection Rule Brings Certainty

 

I use the word “certainty” a lot when discussing economic issues. That’s because the most important thing Washington can do to help our economy grow is promote policies that allow our job creators to make decisions with certainty.

 

I learned this lesson well before I arrived in Washington. Fresh out of optometry school, I joined with my brother to start a family business that would ultimately become a major provider of eye care in northwest Arkansas. It quickly became apparent to us that when you make decisions as a business owner, you have to do so with a reasonable amount of confidence in what the outcome will be.

 

As a member of the U.S. Senate, I use that experience to guide my policymaking decisions. Making assessments through this lens helps foster an economic environment that allows job creators to understand the short- and long-term effects of Washington’s policies.

 

Any small business owner, manufacturer, farmer or rancher will tell you they can play by good rules or bad rules, but can’t play without knowing the rules. When regulations raise more questions than answers, ambiguity clouds the decision-making process and often paralyzes it. This was certainly the fatal flaw of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.

 

WOTUS put forward a nebulous, far-reaching definition of what bodies of water the federal government had jurisdiction over. To say that it created uncertainty and confusion for property owners—particularly farmers, ranchers and others in the agricultural community—would be an understatement.

 

A month after taking office, President Trump ordered a review of the WOTUS rule. As a result, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced the Navigable Waters Protection rule as a replacement to WOTUS.

 

The new rule clearly defines the difference between federally protected and state protected wetlands by creating four clear categories of waters that are federally regulated under the Clean Water Act. It details what waters are not subject to federal control (i.e. farm watering ponds) and defines the proper relationship between the federal government and states in managing land and water resources.

 

Ensuring clean water in America absolutely must be a priority for Washington. While federal agencies are essential to administering that effort, the law was never meant to be written through the regulatory process. 

 

Regulations that protect consumers, borrowers and the environment improve the quality of life for all Americans. We grant the government the ability to make these regulations; but in doing so, we entrust the government to make sensible rules that do not encroach on our freedoms. Likewise, we expect regulators to consider the economic impact of any proposal. Overbearing, excessive regulations hurt, rather than help, efforts to achieve desired outcomes.

 

Our founders never envisioned the massive bureaucratic state we have in place in modern America. Too often, the executive branch employs a heavy-handed approach or outright ignores the intent of Congress. In some cases, Congress leaves too many open-ended questions to be answered by bureaucrats.

 

The way to avoid another WOTUS-like debacle is clear. The legislative branch needs to reassert its ownership over lawmaking. The executive branch needs to work with Congress to achieve desired outcomes, rather than around us, and bureaucrats need to administer the laws as written, not make attempt to make them.

 

2-7-20 3:27 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Senator Larry Teague's Weekly Column

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague

February 7, 2020

 

LITTLE ROCK – During the first week it was available, about 600 Arkansans took advantage of a new online service to schedule the driving portion of their test to get a driver’s license.

 

They were able to save time and avoid the uncertainty of waiting in line for the skills portion of the test at the nearest State Police office where tests are administered.

 

Legislators heard about the new feature during a meeting of the Joint Committee on Advanced Communication and Information Technology.

 

The committee was updated on broadband availability in rural areas and cybersecurity, and heard reports on data sharing between state agencies to improve efficiency in providing services. For example, streamlined data sharing can allow state offices that provide welfare to determine quickly whether an applicant receives unemployment insurance benefits and child support.

 

The committee heard from the general manager of the organization that operates inter-active services for numerous state agencies. Some of those online services require the user to pay a transaction fee, and some are free.

 

He reported that the State Police had initiated the feature of allowing people to schedule a driving test online, and he specifically described the frustrations of parents who wait for an hour or more with their teenaged children. The frustrations are worse if a lot of people show up on the same day, the time for taking the tests runs out and they have to come back another day.

 

“To put it mildly, the experience is not modern,” he told the committee.

 

Now, people who have passed the written test can make a reservation online to take the driving test, using their smart phone or a personal computer. They can choose a date, a location and a time for taking the test, and they are given a reservation number.

 

Also, they will get a text or an email message reminding them of the appointment.

 

Based on past numbers of test takers, the new service could benefit 230,000 Arkansas residents this year. It will be a free service.

 

The State Police administer the tests for new drivers’ licenses. People who have been driving for years and have to renew their licenses must visit or contact a Revenue Office, which is part of the Department of Finance and Administration.

 

As part of a nationwide effort to improve security, Arkansas is issuing “REAL ID” drivers’ licenses and identity cards. They will be required for entrance on a domestic flight, or into a federal facility, by October 1, 2020.

 

The purpose is to prevent terrorism and identity theft.

 

To get a REAL ID, you must prove your identity with a passport or birth certificate. You must prove your identity with a document such as driver’s license, a concealed carry permit or a military ID. You must prove your Social Security number with an original card, a tax form or a pay stub. You must prove your address with utility bills and bank statements.

 

If your name has changed, you must provide linking documents such as a marriage certificate, a divorce decree or a court order.

 

The Arkansas DFA website has a list and a worksheet to help you gather the documents you need, before you go for a REAL ID driver’s license at your local revenue office.

 

2-7-20 3:17 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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UARM Offering Photography Class To Public

UA Rich Mountain will be offering a non-credit short 3 week PHOTOGRAPHY course.  The course begins February 11 and will meet each Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 until 7:15 in the evening. Andy Philpot will be the instructor.  The cost is just $65. Register in person in the admissions department located in the Maddox Building or call 479-394-7622 ext. 1440.

 

2-6-20 4:38 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Large Shop Building Heavily Damaged By Fire Wednesday At The Outback Barn

Four area fire departments responded to a fire Wednesday afternoon at The Outback Barn on Hwy 71 South of Mena. 

 

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Just after 4:30 p.m. the Potter Fire Department was paged after there was a report of building materials on fire, then shortly thereafter the Mena Fire Department was paged out for mutual aid and the report changed to a building fire. Dallas Valley and Shady Grove were paged out for tanker support. 
 
The Outback Barn is owned locally by the Ledbetter family and manufactures portable buildings.
 
The cause of the fire has not been determined. The building was heavily damaged. There were no injuries.

The Polk County Sheriff's Department and Southwest EMS also responded.
 
2-5-20 6:07 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Weekly Arkansas Fishing Report

This is the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s weekly fishing report for Feb. 5, 2020. If there is a body of water you would like included in this report, please email jim.harris@agfc.ar.gov with information on possible sources for reports about that lake or river. Reports are updated weekly, although some reports might be published for two weeks if updates are not received promptly or if reporters say conditions haven’t changed. Contact the reporter listed for the lake or stream you plan to fish for current news. Note: msl = mean sea level; cfs = cubic feet per second.

 

Click on the area of the state below where you would like current fishing information for.

 

Central Arkansas

 

North Arkansas

 

Northwest Arkansas

 

Northeast Arkansas

 

Southeast Arkansas

 

Southwest Arkansas

 

South-Central Arkansas

 

West-Central Arkansas

 

East Arkansas

 

Arkansas River and White River levels are available at: https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=lzk

 

For real-time information on stream flow in Arkansas from the U.S. Geological Survey, visit: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ar/nwis/rt

 

For water-quality statistics (including temperature) in many Arkansas streams and lakes, visit: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ar/nwis/current/?type=quality.

 

2-5-20 4:38 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Polk County Vote Centers for March 3rd Election, Early Voting, In State Registration Changes

 

Polk County Clerk Terri Harrison has released the locations of Vote Centers in Polk County for the March 3, 2020 Primary Election. Polls will be open Election Day from 7:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the locations below.

 

Early Voting for the March 3rd Primary Election will be at the Polk County Office Complex on Pine Street in Mena on the following dates and times:

 

February 18th - 21st from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

February 22nd 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

February 24th - 28th 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

February 29th 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

March 2nd 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

 

Persons already registered to vote in another Arkansas county will be able to move their registration to Polk County through Friday, February 28th at the County Clerk's Office in Mena.

 

VOTE CENTERS-POLK COUNTY, ARKANSAS

 

VOTE CENTER #1

 

POLK COUNTY OFFICE COMPLEX ---THIS IS ALSO THE EARLY VOTE LOCATION

606 PINE STREET

MENA, AR 71953

 

VOTE CENTER #2

 

9th STREET MINISTRIES

306 9th STREET

MENA, AR 71953

 

VOTE CENTER #3

 

DALLAS AVENUE LIFE CENTER

300 DALLAS AVENUE

MENA, AR 71953

 

VOTE CENTER #4

 

ACORN HIGH SCHOOL

143 POLK ROAD 96

MENA, AR 71953

 

VOTE CENTER #5

 

CONCORD BAPTIST CHURCH

3467 HWY 88 E

MENA, AR 71953

 

VOTE CENTER #6

 

SALEM BAPTIST CHURCH

115 POLK ROAD 56

MENA, AR 71953

 

VOTE CENTER #7

 

HATFIELD TOWN HALL

115 TOWN HALL PARK

HATFIELD, AR 71945

 

VOTE CENTER #8

 

COVE TOWN HALL

5568 HWY 71 S

COVE, AR 71937

 

VOTE CENTER #9

 

GRANNIS TOWN HALL

132 FRACHISEUR ROAD

GRANNIS, AR 71944

 

2-5-20 4:08 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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This Weekend At Queen Wilhelmina State Park Near Mena

Weekend Activities at Queen Wilhelmina State Park February 7th, 8th and 9th 
 
For more information about any of the activities listed below, or the state park, dial (479) 394-2863 or visit the park's website by clicking here.
 
Friday, February 7th
 
Wonder House Tour starting at 2:00 pm and lasting about 30 minutes. Meet at the Wonder House. Do you ever wonder what the Wonder House is about? Join Park Interpreter Melissa and step back into history to see one of the first vacation homes built in the 1930s.
 
Reservoir Hike starting at 3:00 pm and lasting about 1 hour and 30 minutes. Meet at the Reservoir Trailhead. Join Park Interpreter Melissa on a hike to what used to be the old water system for the 1898 hotel.
 
Black Bears starting at 7:00 pm and lasting about 30 minutes. Meet in the Hearth Room. Do we have bears here at Queen Wilhelmina State Park? Join Park Interpreter Melissa to find out if these once almost extinct animals live near the park.
 
Saturday, February 8th
 
Hike Through History starting at 11:00 am and lasting about 2 hours and 30 minutes. Meet on the west side of Ouachita Trail. Want to see where some of the earlier settlers settled and where they are buried? Join Park Interpreter Melissa as we hike the west side of the Ouachita Trail to the Pioneer Cemetery.
 
Wonder House Tour starting at 2:00 pm and lasting 30 minutes. Meet at the Wonder House. Do you ever wonder what the Wonder House is about? Join Park Interpreter Melissa and step back into history to see one of the first vacation homes built in the 1930s.
 
Sunset Hike starting at 5:45 pm and lasting about 30 minutes. Meet beside the telescopes. Join Park Interpreter Melissa, for an easy stroll to watch the sunset. Feel free to bring your camera to take photos of this beautiful view.
 
Sunday, February 9th
 
Wonder House Tour starting at 10:00 am and lasting about 30 minutes. Meet at the Wonder House. Do you ever wonder what the Wonder House is about? Join Park Interpreter Melissa and step back into history to see one of the first vacation homes built in the 1930s. 
 
Dutch Oven Demonstration starting at 2:00 pm and lasting about 1 hour. Meet in the picnic area.  Are you in need of a tasty treat for this week? Stop by Queen Wilhelmina picnic area to find out how much better dessert is cooked over a fire!  Park Interpreter Melissa will be using the state vessel – a Dutch oven – to cook up a simple and delicious dessert. Come by for a taste.
 
Touch Table starting at 4:00 pm and lasting about 1 hour. Meet in the Hearth Room. There will be different things that you can see and touch. Join Park Interpreter Melissa for a fun, interactive way of exploring things found in our park, and find out what they are.
 
2-5-20 8:06 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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UARM to Host 'Fat Tuesday' Fundraiser to Benefit Polk County Relay for Life

The UA Rich Mountain Relay for Life team has announced their Fat Tuesday Fundraiser for February 18, 2020 which will include a ‘to go’ meal of authentic Cajun cuisine: jambalaya, white beans, greens, King cake, and bottled water for $7.50. Orders must be placed by February 14.

 

Meals will be available for pick up at the Bucks concession trailer on February 18 from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in front of the Ouachita Center on the main campus. Delivery is only available for orders of 10 or more inside city limits.

 

Chair Brenda Miner said the team is hoping that this fundraiser will be very successful and will ultimately replace their annual yard sale. “Our bookstore manager is from Louisiana and is a fabulous Cajun cook so everyone is in for a real treat, plus, they will be supporting a great cause. We hope everyone will join us in this fundraiser.”

 

Pre-order by February 14. Businesses can contact LeAnn Dilbeck, 479.394.7622 ext. 1220, individual orders contact Brenda Miner, 479.394.7622 ext. 1370, or Mary Standerfer 479.394.7622 ext. 1370. You can TEXT your name and number of meals to 479.437.4441.

2-4-20 8:56 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Polk County Sheriff's Report for January 27th - February 2nd

SHERIFF’S   LOG


The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of January 27, 2020 – February 2, 2020.  The charges against those arrested are allegations and the cases are still pending in the courts.  Individuals charged and whose names appear in this column may submit documentation to us at a later date that the charges have been dismissed or that they have been found innocent and we will include that information in this space in a timely manner.


January 27, 2020
Arrested by an officer with the Grannis Police Department was Christina L. Jewell, 46, of Cove, on Charges of DWI, Careless/Prohibited Driving and No Proof of Insurance.


January 28, 2020
Report from complainant on Polk 36 near Hatfield of being harassed by an acquaintance. Deputy responded. Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.
Report of a one-vehicle accident on Highway 71 North near Mena.  Deputies responded.  Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.


January 29, 2020
Report from complainant on Polk 116 near Mena of the theft of a firearm, valued at $400.00.  Investigation continues.
Report of disruptive behavior led to a 14-year-old male being issued a Juvenile Citation for Disorderly Conduct.  The juvenile was released to the custody of a parent/guardian.
Arrested was Teresa M. Denton, 47, of Mena, on a Warrant for Failure to Appear.
Arrested by a trooper with the Arkansas State Police was Enrich Hauk, 34, of Dequeen, on Charges of DWI, Reckless Driving, Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License and Obstructing Governmental Operations.


January 30, 2020
Report from complainant on Polk 277 near Vandervoort of the theft of diesel fuel, totaling losses at $106.50.  Investigation continues.
Report from complainant on Diamond Rose Lane near Shady Grove of the break-in and theft of prescription medications and household items, totaling losses at $54.00.  Investigation continues.
Report of a disturbance on Highway 71 South near Cove.  Deputy responded.  Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.
Arrested was Matthew E. Cannon, 39, of Mena, on a Warrant for Theft of Property and Breaking or Entering.
Arrested was Doug L. Marschall, 24, of Mena, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order.


January 31, 2020
Traffic stop on Highway 71 South near Cove led to the arrest of Colton K. Baker, 19, of Cove, on Charges of Possession of a Schedule VI Controlled Substance and No Vehicle Insurance.
Arrested was David H. Horton, 33, of Mena, on a Warrant for Failure to Appear.


February 1, 2020
Report from complainant on Muscadine Lane near Potter of the break-in and vandalism to a vacant residence.  Investigation continues.
Report of a disturbance on Polk 92 near Shady Grove led to Citations for Minor in Possession and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor being issued to Anna E. Hunter, 20, and Hattie M. Hunter, 20, both of Mena.
 
February 2, 2020
Request for a welfare check at a residence in Mena.
Report from a business on Highway 71 South in Cove of the receipt of counterfeit money.  Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.
Arrested was John D. T. Kahn, 19, of Ashdown, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order.

Polk County Sheriff’s Office worked four vehicle accidents this week.

Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 22 Incarcerated Inmates , with 12 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility.

PC20-00082

 

2-3-20 2:49 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Arkansas Highway Commission Regional Public Meeting In Mena February 11th

Regional Public Meeting Set to Educate Public on Funding Option

 

LITTLE ROCK (2-3) – The Arkansas Highway Commission has scheduled a series of regional public meetings in the first quarter of 2020. The purpose of these meetings is to educate and inform the public while soliciting input regarding proposed projects that could be funded by a continuation of the temporary half-cent sales tax. The next meeting will be held in Mena.

 

Tuesday, February 11 – 5:30 p.m.

U of A Rich Mountain

Ouachita Center 1100 College Drive

Mena, AR 71953

 

This meeting will consist of an open house session where attendees can view displays and visit with Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) staff. This will be followed by a brief formal presentation on the current funding and condition of the Arkansas Highway System as well as the impact that continuation of the half-cent sales tax would have in funding system preservation and new capital projects moving forward.

 

In early 2019, Governor Hutchinson announced his highway funding legislative package that resulted in Act 416 and a proposed Constitutional Amendment, House Joint Resolution 1018. Act 416 provides revenue from motor fuel taxes, electric and hybrid vehicle registration fees, and casinos resulting in an estimated $95 Million in new funding to ARDOT. If the constitutional amendment is approved by voters, it will provide an additional estimated $205 Million annually to ARDOT and an estimated $43 million each to cities and counties.

 

Citizens with an interest in learning more about the Governor’s proposed highway program are encouraged to attend this regional public meeting. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions directly to the Commission and ARDOT Director Scott E. Bennett, P.E.

 

2-3-20 1:22 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Local Eastern Star Chapter Donates To UARM Nursing Scholarship Fund

Jodie Jennings, Worthy Matron; Judy Olmstead, Secretary; and Rolinda Allen presented a check for $300 from Mena Chapter 243 Order of the Eastern Star of Arkansas to Jeri Ashcraft, Nursing Instructor at UARM. The scholarship will be used to assist UARM nursing students with their education costs.

“The nursing profession is one of the fastest growing job sectors. We are grateful for generous donations from our local community that enable students to pursue their nursing education,” said UARM Chancellor Dr. Phillip Wilson.

 

If you would like to join the Eastern Star in supporting the nursing programs or are interested in supporting a different educational program at UARM, contact Dr. Diann Gathright, Director of Development - 479.394.1212 or by emailing foundation@uarichmountain.edu. The UA Rich Mountain Foundation is a 501c3 and all gifts are tax deductible.

 

2-3-20 11:43 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Radio Address-Forrest L. Wood: An Exceptional Arkansan

Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Radio Address Forrest L. Wood: An Exceptional Arkansan
 
 
LITTLE ROCK – Today, I’d like to honor an exceptional Arkansan, Forrest Wood, one of our preeminent outdoorsmen and entrepreneurs, who passed away last week.
 
Forrest embodied the best of Arkansas. As word of his death spread, the people who knew him spoke of him as generous, kind, and humble, a man of faith, great integrity, and an unfailing work ethic.
 
Forrest Wood is most famous for Ranger Boats, a bass boat he designed and built in his hometown of Flippin. In the world of sport fishing, Forrest is known as the father of the modern bass boat.
 
But Forrest was much more than an accomplished boat builder. Forrest created a product that created thousands of jobs in northern Arkansas.
 
His knowledge and creativity led him to invent accessories that improved his boats and an entire sport. When the bass-fishing tournaments initiated a catch-and-release policy, Forrest invented an aerated fish well that allowed anglers to keep their fish alive and release them after weigh in.
 
He invented a level-flotation system that the U.S. Coast Guard now requires on all boats powered by an outboard motor.
 
His love of fishing helped spawn the professional and lucrative bass-fishing tournament circuit.
 
He was a conservationist and worked to preserve Arkansas’s wildlife and natural beauty. Forrest used his profile as a member of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to successfully push for a federal minimum-flow regulation on the White River to protect trout and other aquatic life.
 
He was inducted into at least six halls of fame, including the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation Outdoor Hall of Fame and the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame.
 
In 2009, Forrest and Nina, his wife and partner for 68 years, were inducted into the national Fishing Hall of Fame. That’s high praise for a man who was born and raised on a farm in Flippin. On their journey to success, Forrest and Nina faced setbacks that gave them the experience and strength to succeed.
 
Early in their marriage, hard times in the cattle business forced them to move to Kansas City, where Forrest worked in an airplane factory. But there he learned about the manufacturing business, which helped him build his company. When they had saved enough money to return home, they made the trip to Arkansas in the rain with a mattress tied to the top of their 1947 Plymouth.
 
Back in Arkansas, he built houses and was a fishing guide, which is how he started building boats. After Ranger Boats was flourishing, a fire destroyed his shop. But he crawled through a window and saved 60 boat orders. Within 40 days, Ranger Boats was back in production.
 
For all the contributions of this humble man in the white Stetson cowboy hat, his most important legacy is not boats or bass tournaments, but the thousands of people whose lives he touched with kindness and encouragement.
 
Forrest and Nina have four daughters, 11 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren.
 
In a conversation with a friend, Forrest noted that anyone can overcome adversity. If you want to test someone, he said, give them success. Forrest Wood had great success, and it is Arkansas’s good fortune that he used it well and shared it with so many.
 
2-1-20 7:34 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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